January 10th, 2011 09:56 EST
Tent Cities, Pink Uniforms, Outrageous Immigration Laws and the Toughest Sherriff in America Could Not Protect Little Christina-Taylor Green
Saturday`s tragedy in Tucson is a sign of the times and sadly all of the extremes and trampling of citizens rights did nothing to prevent the awful events that took place because of one disgruntled American.
Racial profiling, border fences, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio did little or nothing to prevent the killings of innocent Americans. As we continue to learn what may have caused Jared Loughner to carry out such a heinous crime, we need to step back and re-think what it means to live in America and a free society.
On the cusp of this tragedy, Florida lawmakers are considering similar types of immigration legislation that allows members of law enforcement to question the immigration status of anyone that they stop. My question to you is "Will continued changes in America`s immigration policies bring America closer together or will it rip it apart?"
The Statue of Liberty says:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
It appears that these words have little meaning now. Furthermore, had the Native Americans had the same immigration policies that America is striving to implement and the foresight to give small pox infected blankets to the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock there would be no America at all. Under America`s new attitude we should send the Statue of Liberty back to France with a stern "thanks, but no thanks."
People will lead you to believe that the tragedy in Tucson had nothing to do with politics but rather the terrible deeds of one individual and that it would be unfair and unjust to hold all gun owners responsible for the actions of one man.
This is exactly what we as Americans are doing right now. Because of the terrible acts of a few individuals on 9/11 we are fighting two wars and teaching our children that all Muslims and immigrants are bad.
The world is becoming smaller and more crowded each day. If we do not find a way to live together soon there will be no one left to blame. I wonder that if we ever discover E.T., will he also need a green card?
Thomas Jefferson (MA)